San Diego SAN Airport Overview

San Diego International Airport SAN - also known as 'Lindbergh Field' - serves the City of San Diego in southern California and surrounding areas.  It is the Nation’s busiest single runway airport, however, its reduced runway capacity also limits the number of international flights the Airport can accommodate. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has ranked San Diego Airport as the fifth in the Nation's top airports, and number 1 in the State.

SAN Airport is only a few miles to the center of San Diego, California, and is only 20 miles from the Mexican border. It is conveniently situated on North Harbor Drive, off Interstate Hwy I-5, offering connections to S.R. 163, I-8 and I-15. The area is known for its mild climate, plentiful beaches and world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

With a a yearly  estimate of 18 million travelers, San Diego Airport is served by  major airlines and regional jet services, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Southwest is its dominant carrier. 

NOTICES:  In June 2015 flights at commuter terminal ended.
1. (a) United Express to LAX flight assignments are now at T2 West.
    (b) American Eagle to LAX flight assignments are now at T2 East.
    (c) Seaport Airlines moved to T1's west end. 
2. Global Entry technology and APC's (Automatic passport Control kiosks) are now available
The Cross-Border Terminal  will enable passengers to cross directly from Tijuana Airport in Mexico, via new U.S. Customs & Border Protection station in Otay Mesa (south of  San Diego, on U.S. ground) - by taking the 160-foot pedestrian 'Tijuana Cross Border Bridge' - thereby allowing ticketed passengers to cross the bridge in either directions at a fee.
4. The new Customs station at Otay Mesa
is to considerably lower waiting times and to boost cross-border tourism. 

San Diego International Airport  now has two active passenger terminals – T1, T2 (T1 of which will eventually replaced by a new T1 - see (b) below).

Present & Future Airport Developments:

By January 2016 - the new Rental Car Center
at the Airport's north side (on a newly built interior airport roadway) is scheduled to open. It will house 10 rental car agencies with 16 brands, accommodate over 5,000 vehicles, and bring down the number of rental car shuttles from 81 to 16 alternative fuel shuttles.
Starting 2015/16: 
   (a) Approval was received on building a new 3-level, 3,000 space parking garage with Smart Park technology, enabling parkers to reserve & pay for space prior to departing.
   (b) Terminal 1 Replacement:  Of the 5 alternatives presented - 'Alternative 5 ' of the Airport Development Plan has been chosen for the next  phase of Airport development  - due to its short construction period, minimal site work requirements & lowest construction costs. The unified design also improves connectivity to other terminals, their amenities & services.  Also part of the project is a central federal inspection facility. 


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SAN Delays: 15 mins or less.

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